Brent Lawrence is a composer and guitarist native to Salem, Virginia. As a creator of both instrumental and vocal works, he is noted for his use of lush harmonies, memorable melodies, and genre–bending compositional style. In particular, Brent holds an affinity for music featuring the guitar and voice, a nod towards his background is jazz, blues, and American folk music. For his keen sensibility towards the genre, he has often been called the “Schubert of guitar”. Recent activity has included premiers by soprano, Estelí Gomez; clarinetist, James Shields; and participation in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Additionally, Brent is in the process of recording his first guitar–song cycle. He expects the album to be released by the fall of 2017.
Brent studied violin throughout his elementary school years. This foundation aided him while learning jazz guitar throughout high school. In the fall of 2009, Brent began studying guitar at Pfeiffer University, a small liberal–arts college near Charlotte, NC. Here, he would hone his skills as a guitarist in both jazz and classical venues. By the end of sophomore year, Brent had entrenched himself in the Charlotte blues scene and was gigging regularly.
In his penultimate year at Pfeiffer, Brent became interesting in composition. This interest led him to his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Composer in Residence, Lawrence Dillon. While in North Carolina, Brent was commissioned by several organizations including The Center for Faith and the Arts of Salisbury, NC, the North Carolina Brass Band, and the Sounds of Summer Organ Festival of Winston–Salem. Currently, Brent is a PhD student in music composition at the University of Oregon.
Three Representative Works:
“On Distance Hills” by Corvus. 24 July 2017 in Denali National Park and Preserve, 25 July 2017 for theFairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, AK.
“Water and Stone” by Esteli Gomez, soprano; Brent Lawrence, guitar. 7 May 2017 for the 2017 Music Today Festival, University of Oregon, Eugene.
“Van Gogh’s Shoes” by Brent Lawrence, guitar. 21 April 2017 for Oregon Composers Forum, University of Oregon, Eugene.
Visit Me Online:
• Web: www.brent-lawrence.com
• Music: Soundcloud
• Video: YouTube Video Channel
Oregon Connection: Lives in Eugen and is a University of Oregon graduate student in music composition.